Eastman Journal: Page 6

Tongue Twister: Fear of French is a Forlorn Fate

March 25, 2019

by Dr. Sylvie Beaudette, Summer@Eastman Director and French Lyric Diction instructor With internet resources and new editions that include IPA translations of mélodies, one would think that singers, choral conductors, and vocal coaches have all the tools necessary to dive into the rich French repertoire. Yet, most people I coach admit—perhaps preemptively—that French is their […]


Advocacy through Art Song: An Eastman alumni initiative gives a voice to young people with autism

March 22, 2019

Simon Barra performs alongside his wife, Kseniia Barrad, during a workshop performance of the Lynx Autism Advocacy Project. Photograph by Mairead Kahn. By Sarah Forestieri The Lynx Project is an art song initiative created by co-founders soprano, Caitleen Kahn, and mezzo-soprano, Megan Moore in 2015 after completing their graduate degrees at Eastman. Together with Eastman […]


Conductor David Chin is “An Evangelist for Bach”

March 20, 2019

David Chin at Saint Thomas Church, Leipzig David Chin ‘18E (DMA) recalls that when he started as an Eastman student, he knew little of Bach’s music other than keyboard pieces. After repeated exposure and performances he calls himself “a missionary, an evangelist for Bach, especially for the beauty of his vocal music. Music like his […]


Mutually Beneficial: “Performance Plus” Brings Eastman musicians to the George Eastman Museum

March 12, 2019

On February 17, the Train Quartet performed in the Eastman Museum’s “Performance Plus” series. Right to left, Jack Connolly (sophomore bass trombonist); Connor Ingham (sophomore trombonist); Nolan Hennessey (sophomore trombonist); Henry Carpender (junior trombonist). The next “Performance Plus” will be on March 17. By David Raymond For many years, George Eastman’s lavish East Avenue mansion has been […]


Ten Outstanding Eastman Women

March 8, 2019

Today, Friday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. In honor of female musicians around the world, we highlight ten outstanding Eastman women alumni (including one current graduate student)  … bearing in mind that this alphabetical list represents only a tiny fraction of thousands of Eastman women who are changing the world of music. Congratulations to […]


Giving back to a program that inspires: Dr. James E. Clark Chamber Music Residency 2019

March 4, 2019

Jamie Clark and her teacher, David Ying By Sarah Forestieri Jamie Clark recalls that pivotal first moment she entered the Main Hall for her Eastman School of Music audition, “The brilliant energy bubbling within the school felt like the magic of Hogwarts. The feeling I came to learn wholeheartedly over the next four years was […]


A View into the Eastman Experience

February 19, 2019

  By Petar Kodzas, Eastman Associate Dean and Director of Eastman Community Music School For over 30 years, the Eastman School of Music has housed a premiere residential program for high-school students who aspire to careers in music.  This program was known to generations as a Music Horizons and, as the name suggests, it opened […]



February 15, 2019

The Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), performing in Kilbourn Hall by Jarod Lau Saxophone ensemble performances have long been a highlight of the Summer@Eastman concert calendar for participants and audience members alike (there’s nothing quite like seeing—or hearing—forty saxophonists play “The Pines of the Appian Way” from Respighi’s Pines of Rome). This year, Professor Chien-Kwan Lin […]


Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Eastman French Horn Institute

January 30, 2019

Eastman Professor and Rochester Philharmonic Principal Horn W. Peter Kurau   by Jarod Lau   This summer, Summer@Eastman is excited to announce the debut of the Eastman French Horn Institute, led by Eastman French Horn Professor and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra principal Peter Kurau. Joining him will be Elizabeth Freimuth (Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Symphony […]


Eastman Philharmonia performs con “BRIO” this Friday

January 30, 2019

Composer August Read Thomas’ BRIO will be performed by the Eastman Philharmonia on Friday. By Andrew Bockman On Friday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m., the Eastman Philharmonia will present an exuberant program in Kodak Hall. Philharmonia is Eastman’s top orchestra, comprised of upperclassmen and graduate students, and will be led by Associate Professor Brad Lubman. […]